Southern Miss has high-definition security

By Karrie Leggett

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The University of Southern Miss has a new high -definition way of securing its campus.

The surveillance system consists of eight high-definition cameras placed in different location of the football stadium. The cameras were given to the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security at Southern Miss by surveillance technology leader Avigilon.

The cameras have zoom capabilities that enable security to detect suspicious behavior, any activity can be processed in a matter of seconds and it also has facial recognition.  Lou Marciani, Director of the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security and Police Chief, Bob Hopkins say this technology is just the beginning.

"As we go down the line here, we will be looking at coverage for the arena and also the baseball facility. We will also look at other different types of technology such as access control," said Marciani.

"It really allows us to have more eyes in the stadium, especially in these times of being physically responsible and trying to minimally staff the stadium for security needs," said Hopkins.

The $300,000 system was donated to the university.

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